A letter from Kiva

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Today, I received this letter from Kiva, where I – like many others – make small micro loans to entrepreneurs in the “Third World”.

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Dear Ronnie,

Watching and reading headlines of disease, displacement and conflict can leave us feeling so powerless. But the truth is we can act. And what we do does matter.

Consider lending to an entrepreneur in these regions in the news. Your support can go even further in crisis, conflict and recovery zones because other sources of funding may be harder to access.

Ebola Traumatizing West Africa
The climbing death toll from Ebola is creating panic and disrupting life in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. There’s no business as usual during this crisis, which is why entrepreneurs in West Africa need all the support they can get.

Poverty Fueling U.S. Border Crisis
Tens of thousand of children are fleeing poverty and brutal violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in search of peace and job opportunities. Small businesses can help provide opportunity and hope across Central America.

Fresh Violence in the Middle East
Bloodshed and instability in Iraq, Syria and Gaza have put tremendous pressure on humanitarian efforts in the region. You can support the vision of Kiva’s partners for a stable, economically healthy future in the region by making a loan.

Recovery Continues in Philippines
The Philippines continue to recover from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which struck in late 2013. Kiva loans can provide building materials, farm products and school supplies to help residents when they need it most.

A small loan, in any of these regions, will help borrowers and their families. Take pride in every kind act you do. Hope is our lifeline and together we make our world better, more capable of healing and more capable of coexistence.

Thanks for lending,
The Kiva Team

Disclaimer: Due to the destabilizing effects of disease and conflict on local economies and communities, there may be a greater risk of delinquency or default to borrowers in these regions.

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Please consider lending money on Kiva and forward this letter if you think other people could be interested, too.

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